Topical Steroid Potencies

TOPICAL STEROID POTENCIES
Generic Strength Brand Form
LOW POTENCY
alclometasone dipropionate 0.05% crm, oint
desonide 0.05% Desonate gel
DesOwen crm
Verdeso foam
fluocinolone acetonide 0.01% Synalar soln
hydrocortisone base or acetate 1% crm, oint, lotion
Analpram HC* crm
Epifoam* foam
Pramosone* crm, oint, lotion
Proctofoam HC* foam
U-cort crm
2.5% crm, oint, lotion
Analpram HC* crm, lotion
Anusol HC crm
Pramosone* crm, oint, lotion
Texacort soln
hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1% Locoid crm
Locoid Lipocream crm
INTERMEDIATE POTENCY
amcinonide 0.1% crm, lotion
betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% crm, lotion
betamethasone valerate 0.1% crm, oint, lotion
0.12% Luxiq foam
clocortolone pivalate 0.1% Cloderm crm
fluocinolone acetonide 0.01% Derma-Smoothe/FS oil
Capex shampoo
0.025% Synalar crm, oint
flurandrenolide 0.025% Cordran crm
0.05% Cordran crm, lotion, oint
fluticasone propionate 0.005% oint
0.05% crm, lotion
Cutivate lotion
hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1% Locoid oint
hydrocortisone probutate 0.1% Pandel crm
hydrocortisone valerate 0.2% crm, oint
mometasone furoate 0.1% crm, oint
Elocon lotion
prednicarbate 0.1% crm, oint
Dermatop E emollient crm
triamcinolone acetonide 0.025% crm, oint, lotion
0.05% Trianex oint
0.1% crm, oint, lotion
0.2% Kenalog spray
0.5% crm, oint
HIGH POTENCY
amcinonide 0.1% oint
betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% oint
betamethasone dipropionate, augmented 0.05% crm, lotion
desoximetasone 0.05% crm, oint, gel
0.25% crm, oint
diflorasone diacetate 0.05% crm
fluocinonide 0.05% crm, oint, gel, soln
halcinonide 0.1% Halog crm, oint
SUPER HIGH POTENCY
betamethasone dipropionate, augmented 0.05% oint, gel
Diprolene oint
clobetasol propionate 0.05% crm, emollient crm, oint, lotion, gel, soln
Clobex lotion, shampoo, spray
Olux, Olux-E foam
desoximetasone 0.25% Topicort spray
diflorasone diacetate 0.05% oint
fluocinonide 0.1% Vanos crm
flurandrenolide 4mcg/cm2 Cordran tape
halobetasol propionate 0.01% Bryhali lotion
0.05% crm, oint
Lexette foam
Ultravate lotion
NOTES

*Indicates that the product has more than one active ingredient

The classification is based on vasoconstrictor assays and clinical studies. Potency varies according to the corticosteroid, its concentration, and the vehicle. In general, corticosteroids in lotions, creams, gels, and ointments are increasingly more potent due to increased absorption from these vehicles. Absorption is increased by prolonged therapy, large areas of skin damage, and the use of occlusive dressings which may cause an increase in the incidence of side effects.

Not an inclusive list of medications or dosing details. Please see drug monograph at www.eMPR.com and/or contact company for full drug labeling.


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(Rev. 4/2020)

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